There are lots of fruits and veggies that dogs can eat. However, introducing them to a new food should be done in small bits over time so you can watch your dog for an unpleasant or allergic reaction. This can include tummy trouble, diarrhea, or a skin reaction with lots of scratching. One common fruit will be strawberries and you may have heard stories about Dogs being allergic to strawberries.
While it is possible for your dog to have an allergic response to strawberries, that risk is very rare. Strawberries are loaded with nutrients, from fiber to Vitamin C, that can be very good for your dog.
However, one thing to take note of is to prevent them from overeating and also introduce to them the fruit slowly if it is new to them. And even though allergy is rare, you still have to monitor if your dog has an immediate adverse reaction after eating the fruit.
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries
Dogs don’t always have a way to judge when they’ve had too much. Puppies can especially be hazardous to themselves when it comes to overeating. Can dogs eat strawberries? Yes, sometimes to excess!
if your dog is given uncontrollable access to strawberries, such as from your garden on a warm summer day, they can get too many strawberries. If you’ve ever overdone it on anything high in fiber, you know that the next few days can be quite uncomfortable. Your dog may suffer from gas, constipation, or diarrhea as well as general misery.
One garden fence can protect your strawberries and your dog.
Signs That Your Dog is Allergic to Strawberries
The first sign that your dog is reacting badly to anything they’ve eaten is vomiting it back up. If you notice that your dog is bringing up undigested food, take the food away immediately and monitor their breathing. While the risk of an anaphylactic response to food are rare, it is possible.
Next, your dog will start itching. This isn’t just like an itch from a single bug bite. Allergic responses that attack the skin show up all over. If your dog is rolling around on the floor or rubbing themselves against your vertical blinds, they’re probably suffering an allergic response. If your pet is big enough, talk to your vet about giving them a Benadryl.
Finally, food allergies can lead to skin lesions. If your dog gets a bug bite and suffers from inflammation, a calming cream may help to reduce inflammation. A dog with food allergies will not get good results from a topical or steroid cream. If the lesion won’t go away, it could be something your dog ate.
What Are the Risks That Your Dog has Allergies?
There is some that claim that mixed breed dogs don’t suffer from allergies. This is not correct. Any canine can suffer from allergies. Additionally, dogs can develop an allergy at any point in their lives. If your dog tolerated strawberries just fine when they were small but can’t keep them down now, restrict them.
Additionally, dogs can grow out of allergies. A puppy sickened by strawberries may grow into an adult dog that loves them. To introduce any new food, give them just a tiny bit and monitor them.
What Other Produce Can My Dog Enjoy?
If your dog loves strawberries, it may enjoy other sweet produce. You can also try giving them
Again, start small. Introduce the food, then monitor the dog for 24 hours. If they vomit or start to itch, put them back on their standard food only for the next several days.
Your older or overweight dog may also benefit from some high-fiber veggies. If your dog likes a small chunk of apples, you may want to give them small chunks of carrot or cucumber.
If you garden, remember that dogs can really develop a taste for some produce and overdo it. This can mean that your crop of peas, spinach, cauliflower or broccoli could be at risk.
What Produce Must I Restrict
Dogs should never be fed
- cherries, due to the risk of cyanide
- grapes, which can damage your dog’s kidneys
- tomatoes, though it will take a lot to sicken them
It should be noted that green tomatoes and the body of the plant are much more hazardous to your dog than a ripe tomato. However, because the chemical solanine can be so dangerous, it’s best to avoid tomatoes altogether.
The veggies in your refrigerator can be very good for your dog. However, they should never be allowed to eat
- mushrooms, especially wild mushrooms
- onions, which are especially hard on Akitas and Shiba Inus
- asparagus, as the fibrous stalk can be tough on your dog’s gut
Avoid giving your pet too much roughage. While dogs do need fiber to protect their guts, overloading them with anything new can be a terrible shock to their system. If you find they really love something like watermelon or strawberries, give them a bit and then put it away.
While dogs can eat the flesh of melons and oranges, make sure to keep the rinds away from them. Your dog may avoid orange peels because of the fragrance intensity, but the melon rinds may be irresistible to them. Get them out of your dog’s reach for the sake of their tummies.
Pay Attention to the Water Content
If your older pet has nighttime bathroom issues, be aware that by feeding them some of their favorite cucumbers or strawberries, you’re boosting their water intake. If you’re trying to help your dog drop some pounds by increasing their produce intake, be ready for more nighttime trips to their favorite potty spot.
Your older or overweight dog may have some creases and folds. When you introduce a new food, make sure you check these folds for any lesions or growths for a day or two after that introduction. You may not see or feel these bumps, but they can get both dangerous and uncomfortable if left until your dog starts scratching.
Sharing strawberries with your dog can be a beautiful way to spend a summer afternoon. Start with just a small serving to make sure your dog tolerates the fruit. Give them a day or two to fully digest the product to avoid an unpleasant reaction. Fence your garden to avoid obsessive eating!